Latin America

Native speakers are strongly advised to enroll in advanced Spanish courses in order to qualify. Most programs strongly encourage that students take a Spanish class in the semester preceding their arrival in Spain.

Argentina

Buenos Aires:

Program Sponsor:

Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE)

Program Name:

Buenos Aires, Argentina – Liberal Arts

Language of Instruction:

Spanish

Program Elgibility:

2.75 GPA, HMC good standing, Spanish 44+1 required.

Curriculum:

Liberal Arts

Description:

Sponsoring the largest and most prestigious research program in the social science in Latin America, Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) provides students with a critical appreciation of Argentina and its place in Latin America. Participants should be interested in living in a large cosmopolitan South American city of 13 million inhabitants where 50% of the population lives under the poverty level. This is an ideal program for students interested in fulfilling humanities requirements in the social sciences by gaining in-depth knowledge of Argentine and Spanish-speaking South American politics, economics, history, literature and society.

Academics:

Students take courses that equal 15-18 U.S. semester credits. Upon arrival students take a Spanish language exam which determines their enrollment in a certain number of credits in Spanish language and a certain number of direct enrollment courses. Higher placement allows for opportunity to directly enroll in the Argentine university system.

Housing:

Students live with local families or in a residencia with a native Spanish speaker.

Program Sponsor:

Institute for Study Abroad – Butler University

Program Name:

Argentine Universities Program

Language of Instruction:

Spanish

Program Eligibility:

3.0 GPA, HMC good standing, Spanish 44 + 1 with a ‘B’ average or higher required.

Curriculum:

Liberal Arts

Description:

Argentina, a land of immigrants, mostly from European origins, boasts a vibrant culture which blends European and South American customs. Known as the “Paris of the Americas” students will enjoy the beautiful Argentinian museums, opera and ballets together with the sounds of tangos played in the city squares.

Academics:

Students will earn a total of 15-16 U.S. credits. All students take the specially-designed “Advanced Spanish and Argentine Culture” courses in addition to regular university courses. Students may cross-enroll at any of four Argentine Univeristies (Universidad Católica Argentina, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Universidad del Salvador, and Universidad Torcuato di Tella) for their academic courses, and will select one of seven academic models of study (traditional, directed research, human rights, gender, diversity and minority studies, literature, theatre and cinema). Check the program ending dates for changes before confirming return travel plans. Ending dates vary from department to department, and you must complete all course obligations prior to departure. In addition, you should not make plans to travel on the final day of exams since there may be exams on that day.

Housing:

Students live with local families

Chile

Santiago:

Program Sponsor:

Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE)

Program Name:

CIEE Santiago

Language of Instruction:

Spanish

Program Eligibility:

2.75 GPA, HMC good standing. Spanish 44+1 required

Curriculum:

Liberal Arts, Engineering, Sciences

Description:

Santiago, a city of 6 million inhabitants, provides advanced students who enjoy urban life, an opportunity to study in one of the highest levels of education in Latin America. As the economic and cultural heart of Chile, students will experience its’ friendly and welcoming culture, political stability, great festivals, and beautifully landscaped parks.

Academics:

Students take courses that equal 15-18 U.S. semester credits. Students enroll in a maximum of one CIEE course and one Spanish course.  Additional courses are taught at three prestigious Chilean universities: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC), Universidad de Chile(UC), and the Universidad Diego Portales. Science and/or engineering courses are available at both PUC and UC.
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Housing:

Students live with Chilean families

Comments:

Fall dates: mid-July to mid-December; Spring dates: mid-February to mid-July.

Program Sponsor:

Institute for the International Education of Students (IES)

Program Name:

IES Santiago 

Language of Instruction:

Spanish

Program Eligibility:

3.0 GPA, HMC good standing. Spanish 44

Curriculum:

LIberal Arts, Engineering, Sciences

Description:

Chile, a developed country of 15 million inhabitants, has one of the fastest growing, and politically stable economies in Latin America. In the capital city of Santiago, students can immerse themselves in a thriving urban city with a picturesque view the Andes to the east or travel west in less than two hours to view the Pacific Ocean.

Academics:

Students take 5 courses totaling 15-16 U.S. credits. A Spanish Language course taught at the IES Santiago center is required and students will select an additional four courses. Students who have completed Spanish 44 must take one or two courses at either the Universidad de Chile or Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Science and/or engineering courses are available at both universities. Internships and service learning opportunities are also available.

Housing:

Students live with a Chilean family.

Valaparaiso:

Program Sponsor:

Institute for Study Abroad – Butler University

Program Name:

IFSA – Chilean Study Abroad Programs

Language of Instruction:

Spanish

Program Eligibility:

3.0 GPA, HMC good standing. Spanish 44+1 required.

Curriculum:

Liberal Arts, Engineering, Sciences (no computer science)

Description:

Valparaiso, is the second largest city in Chile and has views of both the mountains and the sea. Home to the Chilean Congress, students will experience elegant cobbled streets, Victorian houses, museums, galleries, and wonderful Chilean cuisine.

Academics:

Students take courses that equal 15-16 U.S. semester credits. Students enroll in a required Advanced Spanish course specifically designed for IFSA-Butler students and  may also choose one optional IFSA program course.  Additional courses are taught at two prestigious Chilean universities: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaiso,  and Universidad Tecnica Frederico Santa Maria, reputed for its prestige and leadership in engineering, science and technology.

Housing:

Students live with Chilean families in Vina del Mar, 10 minutes from Valparaiso.

Dates:

Semester 1: mid-February to mid-July; Semester 2: mid-July to mid-December.

Costa Rica

Heredia:

Program Sponsor:

Institute for Study Abroad – Butler University

Program Name:

IFSA – Costa Study Abroad Programs

Language of Instruction:

Spanish

Program Eligibility:

3.0 GPA, HMC good standing. Spanish 44 required.

Curriculum:

Liberal Arts, Sciences

Description:

Heredia is a college town known for it’s laid back and welcoming atmosphere. As one of Costa Rica’s most historical cities, Heredia is located amidst vast coffee plantations and lush greenery. The main attraction of Heredia is its beautiful colonial architecture that can be seen all over town. It’s also home to Universidad Nacional which has one of the foremost veterinarian schools in Central America, as well as an outstanding marine biology department.

Academics:

Students take 5 courses totaling 15-16 U.S. credits. Students enroll in a required Advanced Spanish course specifically designed for IFSA-Butler students and one optional program course. Additional courses are taught at Universidad Nacional.

Housing:

Students live with a Costa Rican family.

Program Sponsor:

Pitzer College

Program Name:

Pitzer in Costa Rica

Language of Instruction:

English

Program Eligibility:

2.5 GPA, HMC good standing

Curriculum:

Liberal Arts or Engineering option

Description:

Close the Pacific ocean, and just four hours from San Jose, sits the tropical rainforest on land owned by Pitzer College. Known as the Firestone Center for restoration Ecology, students will experience bamboo and hardwood forests, waterfalls and streams, an original rainforest, a nearby wildlife refuge, a national park and more!

Academics:

Integrates classroom instruction with active learning experiences in a variety of settings. This four part Humanities program format consists of lectures, seminars, fieldwork, and independent study. Engineering majors can participate in this program using the “engineering option”. Students will take an E102 course that will satisfy the requirements for the regular HMC E102 course. They will also have the option of choosing an applied engineering independent study project.

Housing:

Students stay with local families

Monteverde:

Program Sponsor:

Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

Program Name:

Monteverde, Costa Rica – Tropical Ecology and Conservation

 
Language of Instruction:

English and Spanish

Program Eligibility:

2.75 GPA, HMC good standing. Spanish 1 required, plus two semesters of biology as well as one semester of ecology or environmental science, HMC good standing

Curriculum:

Liberal Arts combines with biological research

Description:

Monteverde is a small, friendly bilingual community of 4,000 people located in Central America. Being surrounded by a cloud forest reserve provides a wide array of research opportunites. Students will explore and research Costa Rica’s diverse ecosystems by participating in intensive tropical field-work and courses taught from both a theoretical and taxonomic perspectives to biology-related majors.

Academics:

Participants take “Humans in the Tropics”,”Tropical Biology”, “Tropical Diversity”, “Tropical Ecology”, Spanish language and complete an Independent Study. Students should expect an academically intense experience and be willing to learn in a variety of settings, including classrooms, beaches, waterfalls, and treetops.

Housing:

One-month with a host family, camping, and cabins at the Biological station.

Ecuador

Program Sponsor:

Pitzer College

Program Name:

Pitzer in Ecuador

Language of Instruction:

English for beginning Spanish speakers

Program Eligibility:

2.5 GPA, HMC good standing.

Curriculum:

Liberal Arts or Engineering option

Description:

Equador, bordered by Columbia, Peru, and the Pacific Ocean, is the smallest of the Andean nations, yet is know for its ecological and cultural diversity. Almost 40% of the residents live below the poverty line, yet supports a population of 13 million people and includes 10 distinct indigenous groups.

Academics:

Integrates classroom instruction with active learning experiences in a variety of settings. This four part Humanities program format consists of lectures, seminars, fieldwork, and independent study. Engineering majors can participate in this program using the “engineering option”. Students will take an E102 course that will satisfy the requirements for the regular HMC E102 course. They will also have the option of choosing an applied engineering independent study project.

Housing:

Students stay with local families

Program Sponsor:

School for International Training (SIT)

Program Name:

Ecuador: Comparative Ecology and Conservation

Language:

Instruction in Spanish

Program Eligibility:

3.0 GPA, HMC good standing. Four semesters of college-level Spanish; course work in biology or ecology

Curriculum:

Liberal Arts combines with biological research

Description:

One of the most biologically diverse countries on the planet, Ecuador-and its four distinct ecosystems-provides an ideal setting for learning about ecology from a comparative context. Ecuador is home to two biological hotspots-the tropical Andes and Chocó-known for their mega-diversity and rapid loss of habitat. The program is based in Quito, a city surrounded by majestic mountains. Here, students are introduced to a broad panorama of Ecuadorian life and culture with rich Indian and Spanish history.

Academics:

Intensive Spanish language study, the core seminar, “Comparative Ecology and Conservation Seminar “, a field study seminar, and a four-week long independent study project.

Housing:

Eight week homestay in Quito and one week in the Intag Cloud Forest. Other accommodations include hostels, private homes, and/or small hotels.